SEA Games 31 Updates: Vietnam Athletes Get Off to a Good Start

Vietnamese sport competitors have determined to perform their best in the ongoing 31st Southeast Asian Games.
SEA Games 31 Updates: Vietnam Athletes Get Off to a Good Start
First medal for Vietnam in diving. (Photo: VNA)

First medal for Vietnam in diving: Ngo Phuong Mai became the first medalist for Vietnam at the ongoing 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) in the country after winning a bronze medal in diving on May 8. After the five dives in Hanoi, Mai scored a total of 224 points after Nur Dhabitah Sabri and Kimberly Bong, both of Malaysia, scored 290.45 and 230 points, respectively.

SEA Games 31 Updates: Vietnam Athletes Get Off to a Good Start
At the Vietnam-Philippines match (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam clinches the third win in men’s beach handball: Vietnam secured their second victory in the men’s beach handball of SEA Games 31 after winning 2-0 over the Philippines in Ha Long city of the north-eastern province of Quang Ninh.

The hosts launched various attacks from the start of the May 7 game to beat their rivals 24-14 and 23-12. Vietnam’s No.10 La Van Lon continued to be the top scorer, as he did during the team’s previous victory over Singapore. Thailand on the same day defeated Singapore 2-0.

Vietnam grabbed their third win in a row at SEA Games 31's men's beach handball tournament on May 8 in northern Quang Ninh province. The host team defeated Thailand 2-1 in the third-round match on Tuan Chau Island. With three wins, Vietnam are top of the ranking table and have one hand on the championship trophy, although there are three more matches to go.

SEA Games 31 Updates: Vietnam Athletes Get Off to a Good Start
Nguyen Tung Duong and Phuong The Anh of Vietnam snatch a silver medal in men’s double diving. (Photo: VNA)

A silver medal in men’s double diving: Nguyen Tung Duong and Phuong The Anh of Vietnam snatched a silver medal in men’s double diving at the ongoing SEA Games 31 on May 8. They were after Chew Yi Wei-Ooi Tze Liang of Malaysia in the 3-m dive. Malaysia now tops the tally with two gold and one silver and is followed by Vietnam with one silver and one bronze.

SEA Games 31 Updates: Vietnam Athletes Get Off to a Good Start
A match between Nguyen Xuan Phuong of Vietnam (blue) and Arunno Sivapan of Thailand. (Photo: VNA)

Vietnamese kickboxers get off to good start to SEA Games 31: Vietnamese kickboxers had a strong start to the 31st Southeast Asian Games at Bac Ninh Gymnasium on May 8. Nguyen Thi Hang Nga started the defense of her title with a 3-0 victory over Teo Vireen of Malaysia in the quarter-finals of the women’s 48kg full contact category.

Bui Hai Linh also bested Nao Srey Pov of Cambodia 2-1 in the women’s 52kg low kick, while Nguyen The Huong defeated Nehyeban Carlos Alvarez of the Philippines 3-0 in the men’s 67kg full contact.

However, in the quarter-finals of the men’s 57kg full contact category, SEA Games defending champion Nguyen Xuan Phuong suffered a surprise loss to Arunno Sivapan of Thailand.

SEA Games 31 Updates: Vietnam Athletes Get Off to a Good Start
Players of Vietnam (in red) and the Philippines vie for the ball. (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam held in a goalless football match against the Philippines: Vietnam was held to a goalless draw in a men’s football match against the Philippines at Viet Tri Stadium in Phu Tho province on May 8 in the framework of the ongoing 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31).

The 0-0 draw saw the Philippines retaining their top position in Group A with four points. They are followed by Vietnam, also with four points. Vietnam will play Myanmar on May 13.

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